In the summer of 1985, Marion Scott, then Director of Bands at Brevard Community College (BCC), offered a college course called “reading band.” He intended that this provide a performance outlet for adult musicians in the area and that the group form a nucleus of a Community Band in the fall. Approximately 30 players met each Wednesday during the summer term and sight-read through a variety of selections. Participants were so enthusiastic that they asked Mr. Scott to extend these sessions past the official end of the BCC summer session.

During that summer an organizing committee was formed that elected officers and proceeded to plan for the Community Band to begin in the fall. Brevard Community College made a major commitment of support

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The customers of The Community Band of Brevard are its members, audiences, and community. The Band will strive to always be aware of its customers’ needs, and will actively search for opportunities to improve in satisfying those needs.

The Community Band of Brevard exists to educate its members, to entertain its audiences, and to serve its community.

  • For members, the Band will provide:
  • enjoyable and meaningful music experiences;
  • opportunities to utilize the members’ music performing skills and broaden their music horizons; and
  • opportunities to develop and improve the members’ music performing skills both as individuals and as an ensemble

For audiences, the Band will provide entertaining concerts of music performed at

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The Community Band of Brevard will continually improve in satisfying its members, audiences, and community. Consequently, the time will come when the Band is a truly superior Community Band which has a waiting list of those who want to join, always plays to a packed house, and has the strength of a broad base of community support.

Marion A. Scott, a native of South Carolina, taught in Brevard County, Florida schools for 39 years. From 1959 to 1965 he served as Band Director at Southwest Junior High School in Melbourne. In 1965 he founded the Merritt Island High School Band when the school opened, and directed the group until 1975. The school’s instrumental program included a 230-piece marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, woodwind and brass ensemble classes, concert band, two jazz ensembles, and a jazz theory

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L to R:  D. Scarborough, M. Varuska, F. Youmans, M. Scott, T. Poppell, P. Klaus, C. Miller, M. Freeman

Conductor — Marion Scott

Chairman — David Scarborough

Vice Chairman — Fran Youmans

Personnel Manager — Marjorie Varuska

Business Manager — Connie Miller

Publicity/Advertising Coordinator — Mike Freeman

Equipment Manager — David Douglass

Librarians — Paige Klaus, Cheree Coleman, Marianne Rigolini

Secretary — Terri Poppell 

 

†  denotes Section Leader

*  denotes Charter Member who participated in the Band's premiere performance on 11/21/1985

Flute / Piccolo — Jodi Boeddeker, Sara Bryan, Caitlyn Button, Kitty Colman†, Michael Freeman*, Paige Klaus, Shelby Leicht, Bart Lipofsky*, Connie Miller, Jennifer Reeg, Alice Reshel, Marjorie Varuska, Carolyn Ward

Oboe — Jane Francoeur†, Margaret Jennings, Dee Pait, Michelle Pittman, Marianne Rigolini

Bassoon — Sam Bergstrom, Mike McLaughlin, Andrew Nguyen, Robert

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The CBOB Board of Directors will enforce a policy of religious neutrality in the music the Band performs in concert. It is important, and the Band’s goal, that all people in the Band and in its audience feel comfortable with the music we perform. Religious music may be included in our concerts only if it has a long history of performance and has achieved wide recognition as either a great musical work or as a popular song.